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Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School to offer budgeted, nutritious recipes

Preparing healthy meals on a budget isn’t always an easy task. Sometimes dining out is simply more convenient in both price and time. As a fun and affordable alternative to this common issue, Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School will be in Paris on Sept. 10. The event, presented by The Lamar County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be held at 6 p.m. in Lewis Hall of Paris Regional Medical Center, 865 DeShong Dr.

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“Our goal for the evening is to give participants some healthier options for their meals in hopes to help them make better choices when it comes to meals,” said AgriLife County Extension Agent Laura Graves.

The event will feature several nutritious cooking demonstrations ideal for the time-constrained. The meals, prepared by a licensed dietician, will be part of a diabetic-friendly menu. Through this course, participants will receive new culinary tips and ideas that support both a healthy and low-budget lifestyle.

Participants will enjoy many benefits included as part of the $25 registration fee.

“Each participant will receive a cookbook and a meal,” Graves said. “There will be vendors…to buy from and door prizes will be given out throughout the evening.”

For those who prefer to learn online in the comfort of their own homes, or are unable to attend the school in-person, the AgriLife Extension Office website also offers an array of healthy food recipes and videos. The recipes range from appetizers to side dishes and healthy desserts. For more information, visit http://healthyliving.tamu.edu.

Sponsors of Dinner Tonight! Healthy Cooking School include: Paris Regional Medical Center, Texas Beef Council, Brookshire’s, Spangler’s, DairyMax and Texas A&M AgriLife.

Available seating for the event is limited. To register, contact the Lamar County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 903.737.2443.

By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra

It’s fair time!

RRVFairFrom the Mommy Desk…

The kids are all back in school and pumpkins are just starting to appear. It signals to me that it’s time for the county fair! The 2013 Red River Valley Fair is set to open on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 28.  This fair is a wonderful, family-oriented event that has a lot to offer kids.

Of course, there is the carnival with rides and games. The carnival gates open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and admission is $5 (6 and under get in free). The gates open on Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. (admission until 4 p.m. is only $3) and after 4 p.m. on Saturday the admission is $5. Armbands for the carnival rides are $18 Tuesday- Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday after 4 p.m. Between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday the armbands are just $15. Single ride tickets are also available.

In addition to the carnival, there are many other events for all ages, including Creative Arts & Crafts Showcase, a Home & Garden Showcase, Ag-Venture and commercial exhibits. Live music is always part of the fair and there are concerts nightly on the main stage beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 is Pre-School Day with special activities planned for the little ones from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

For a complete fair schedule, see below.

See you at the Red River Valley Fair!

From one mommy to another,

Jenny Wilson

 

RED RIVER VALLEY FAIR 2013

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Set up exhibits, carnival, food concessions
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Carnival Open
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Commercial Exhibits open  Exhibit Center
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Home & Garden Showcase Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM AG-Venture   Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Creative Arts & Crafts Showcase Bldg “B”
7:00 PM Ralph & Virginia Taylor Main Stage
8:00 PM Lori Nixon and the Gillians Main Stage

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Pre-School Day
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pre-School Activities Grounds
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Carnival Open Grounds
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Commercial Exhibits Exhibit Center
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Ag-Venture open Coliseum

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Home & Garden Showcase Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Creative Arts & Crafts Showcase Bldg “B”
7:00 PM Shaun Michaels Main Stage
8:00 PM – Blackland  Main Stage
Sponsored by Reno Tire & Service Center

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Commercial Exhibits Exhibit Center
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Ag-Venture Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Home & Garden Showcase Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Creative Arts & Crafts Showcase Bldg “B”
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Carnival Open
7:00 PM – Wade White & the Plain Label Band Main Stage
8:00 PM – John Conlee Main Stage

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM  Livestock exhibitors may arrive for Saturday
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Commercial Exhibits Exhibit Center
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Ag-Venture Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Home & Garden Showcase Coliseum
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Creative Arts & Crafts Showcase Bldg “B”
6:00 PM – 12:00 PM Carnival Open
7:00 PM – Empire Kid Main Stage
8:00 PM Wendy, Cold & Rain Main Stage

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Family Day 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Senior Citizens Day 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM TCCA Sanctioned Beef Heifer Check-In LV Office
Check in Junior Steers LV Office
Check In Market Lambs LV Office
Check in TCMGA Goats LV Office

“George Robinson Memorial” Chili Cook-Off
Sponsored by First Federal Community Bank

8:00 AM Check In 1:00 PM Cook’s Turn In
10:00 AM Cook’s Meeting 1:00 PM Judging

10:00 AM Barn #1- Ring A
Junior Beef Showmanship
Prospect Steer Show #1
Progress Steer Show #1
TCCA Sanctioned Heifer Show #1
10:00 AM Barn 2 Lamb & Goat
Senior Lamb Showmanship
Junior Lamb Showmanship
TCLA Lamb Show
Senior Goat Showmanship
Junior Goat Showmanship
TCG Goat Show
10:15 AM Barn #3-Ring B
Senior Beef Showmanship
Prospect Steer Show #2
Progress Steer Show #2
TCCA Sanctioned Heifer Show #2
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Carnival Open
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Commercial Exhibits Exhibit Center
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Ag-Venture Open Coliseum
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Home & Garden Showcase Coliseum
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM Creative Arts & Crafts Showcase Bldg “B”
10:30 AM Check in Little Britches Rodeo Events Main Stage area
11:00 AM Little Britches Rodeo Events
12:00 noon Pedal Power Tractor Pull
12:00 Turn in Pecan Pie Contest Coliseum
2:30 PM Judging of Pecan Pie Contest Coliseum
5:30 PM Check in Little Britches Talent Show
6:00 PM Little Britches Talent Show Main Stage
8:00 PM Paris Idol Main Stage
Sponsored by: East Texas Broadcasting

Admission is $5 for adults and children (over 6; under six is free) except on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., when it is $3 for adults and children (over 6) and senior citizens are free.

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Open letter from former councilman

wilson11On Aug. 12, I appeared before the Paris City Council questioning if the council was using their portion of the ¼ percent sales tax as intended. I accused the council of not following the ballot directive of lowering taxes. Instead it built reserves to the highest level in history and then spent millions out of those reserves.

Mayor Hashmi responded that my comments would be addressed at a future council meeting. The mayor made his “presentation” at the Aug. 26 council meeting. Instead of addressing the tax versus reserve question, he falsely blamed the 2004 council for the highest tax rate since 1993.

The mayor failed to tell the audience that the 2002-2003 council set the high tax rate of .695, not our council. The mayor also failed to point out, or did not know, that Paris was flat broke when our council took office.

Records show we began the 04-05 budget year on Oct. 1 with a negative balance of -$239,820 and 31 days later we were -$1,338,991 in the hole. Consequently, Mr. Anderson had to use construction bond funds to pay the bills and payroll that month. However, the city did not raise taxes, but instead reduced spending with the following results:

2004-2005   Tax Rate  .69500  Ending Reserves and available funds   +$2,580,383.

2005-2006   Tax Rate  .69225  Ending Reserves and available funds   +$7,715,606.

2006-2007   Tax Rate  .59225  Ending Reserves and available funds   +$10,992,400.

2007-2008   Tax Rate  .56000  Ending Reserves and available funds   +$13,315,155.

In a 10-minute presentation before a packed council chamber, the mayor asked, “Why weren’t the taxes reduced and budgets passed by the very same people (Wilson) who are complaining about it?” Dr. Hashmi, in spite of inheriting a mess, the above figures clearly show taxes were reduced by the councilmen you named in three out of four years by a combined total of 19.4%, going from 69.5 to 56.

In your presentation, you stated that you lowered taxes for the last two years. You have served two years and the taxes were not lowered, even a fraction, but remained at .52 your first year in office. That rate was maintained even though the balance of reserves and available funds as of Oct. 1, 2011, was a whopping $17,784,193. Mayor, even with the large reserves you failed to lower taxes. However, you did vote to spend $4,701,435 from designated reserves.

I think you owe an apology to all the named former council members that you selectively and falsely admonished by accusing them of setting high tax rates and not reducing taxes. These citizens should not have been named or singled out in an open council meeting because of the statements that I made.

Donald G. Wilson
Former District 6
 City Councilman 2004-2008

Property for sale on Mahaffey in Johnson Woods

chad brown september 6This is a house located in Johnson Woods with four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, a two-car garage and two living areas. this property features vaulted ceilings and brick floors in the living room, wood blinds, a brick patio and a circle drive. For additional information, click on the photo above or contact Chad Brown.

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